TURKISH CERAMICS

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Posted on August 22, 2010

Home to some of the worlds oldest and best preserved prehistorical ceramic artifacts, Turkey boasts of an unbroken tradition of ceramics production that can be traced back at least eight thousand years to Alacahöyük in Central Anatolia. Developed and added to over the millenia by Seljuk, Urartu, Ottoman, Byzantian, Hittite and Roman craftsmen and fine artists, the craft has finally acquired an industrial dimension in modern Turkey from the 1960s.

Turkish ceramic industry has expanded its output tenfold over the last decade, increasing exports by 15% and production capacity by 18% annually. The world’s largest ceramic sanitaryware and tile production facilities are in Turkey. The country ranks seventh in terms of production and fifth in terms of exports, with Turkish ceramic manufacturers exporting top-quality products to over one hundred nations on five continents.

In the ceramic tiles segment, Turkey is the fifth largest exporter in the world. The country exported a total of 89.000.000 square meters of tiles in 2005 alone, mainly to Europe and the USA.

When it comes to ceramic sanitary ware, Turkey is Europe’s biggest manufacturer and exporter. Turkish sanitary ware products sales abroad in 2005 exceeded 8.500.000 pieces.

Official website: www.turkishceramics.com.

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